Y Combinator, the renowned US-based startup incubator receives thousands of applications every year. YC offers one of the best programs in the startup incubation world and people who apply to its programs are often considered to be the smartest ones. It means if you look at YC applications you will have an understanding of what smart people in technology are working on.
Y Combinator and the Priceonomics Data Studio just did that. They analyzed eight years of YC applications to see what technologies startups mentioned in their applications.
Here are some highlights from what they found (all charts are from this Macro post by YC partner Jared Friedman)
1. Everyone is trying to a uber or Airbnb
2. App is rising
3. Hardware is the new software
4. Messaging is the new email
5. SaaS model is outperforming freemium and ads